Ragarding joint degrees I'm either doing the joint JD/MES or the certificate in Environmental Policy.
As for loans that was me vaguely recollecting the fin aid presentation Mr Henry gave at ASW.
My only concern with joint degrees is that it throws off the recruiting cycle. I know the 1 and 2Ls are all stuck in exams right now, but if someone could give us an idea of how that works, that would be great. I think I remember reading somewhere on here that it can be problematic.
Towelie is here, no worries. I'm just in the middle of something called finals, no big deal.
In any event, I was just accepted to a joint-degree. I will be pursuing a M.S. in Criminology in addition to a J.D. I will graduate in the same amount of time with no summer classes (just have to take 1 extra class each semester, which really isn't a big deal to me). I am doing it because I am interested in studying economic and legal solutions to poverty and crime, which is a broad topic, but I think they can potentially be addressed through decriminalization and regulation of illegal narcotics, so I hope to focus my research on that.
In any event, I was originally an applicant to the JD/MBE program and did not get in because they had SO many applicants and in my application I stated that I did not wish to work in health law upon graduation (I want to do international business transactions, I think) and they held spots for people whose career it was necessary for. On the other hand, they swayed me to the MS in Criminology program and I am so happy with it. I start in the fall.
If you graduate in the same amount of time it does not throw of the recruiting cycle but if you are graduating in 4 years it does. The only way it won't is if you spend your first year exclusively focused on the degree that isnt law, the second year on law, and the 3rd and 4th on a mixture.